Who We Are

Our Mission:

Advocates for Children is a community-based organization dedicated to fostering programs to both prevent child maltreatment and empower children and families to lead healthy, productive lives.

A Leader in Abuse Prevention

For more than thirty years, we have played an essential role in Androscoggin County as a leader in child abuse prevention. A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Advocates for Children (AFC) is the only agency in Androscoggin County dedicated to the prevention of child maltreatment.

  • What is abuse and neglect?
    Abuse or neglect are defined as a threat to a child’s health or welfare due to physical, mental or emotional injury or impairment, sexual abuse or exploitation, deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection from these by a parent or caregiver who is responsible for the child.
  • Types of abuse, as defined by the State of Maine, The Department of Health and Human Services
    • Physical abuse – Abusive treatment to a child by a parent or caregiver that caused or is likely to cause physical injury. Injuries may include bruises, lacerations, adult bites, burns, fractures, and head trauma.
    • Emotional abuse – Abusive treatment by a parent/caregiver that has resulted in emotional impairment or distress in a child.
    • Neglect – Failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, supervision, or medical care causing or is likely to cause injury including accidental injury or illness. Also failure to protect a child from harm resulting in physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.
    • Sexual abuse – A parent/caregiver engaged in sexual contact with a child, or forces a child to have sexual contact with others.
Designated CAN Council

AFC is selected as the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (CAN Council) for Androscoggin County. As a CAN Council, we provide local programming, support for statewide initiatives and collaborations, as well as training and technical assistance when appropriate. Because of this designation, AFC is eligible to apply for grant funding under the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act.
Each county in the state has a designated CAN Council awarded through the Maine Children’s Trust.

Find your local CAN Prevention agency. 

A Valuable Resource for Parents, Caregivers & Professionals

At AFC, we firmly believe that supporting the healthy growth and development of children and families occurs through a commitment to life-long education and community outreach. AFC serves as a comprehensive resource for parents of children of all ages, answering questions, providing workshops and classes, and helping parents navigate the challenging world of parenting. The members of our staff are trained and experienced professionals committed to the families of our community, and are always available to support parents in their parenting journey.